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Pollution and Wildlife Reporting Hotlines

As good stewards of the environment, it is important to always report any oil, chemical, hazardous waste and sewage discharges to the proper authorities as well as any sick, injured, stranded, abandoned, harassed or disturbed wildlife.Reporting will help not only to protect our natural resources but also to minimize any potential impacts a spill or incident may cause.

Pollution Reporting

  • Emergency Telephone System:911

  • Oil, Chemical and Hazardous Waste Spills:
     
    • National Response Center 1(800) 424-8802 (CH 16) and California Office of Emergency Service 1(800) OILS911
      The discharge of fuel, oil, oily wastes and hazardous substances is absolutely prohibited into or upon the navigable waters of the United States or the waters of the contiguous zone if such discharge causes a film or sheen upon, or discoloration of the surface of the water, or causes a sludge or emulsion beneath the surface of the water (40 CFR 110.3).

    • Any oil, chemical or sewage discharge should be reported immediately. Anyone who sees or causes a spill of oil or chemicals must report it by calling both the National Response Center 1(800) 424-8802 (CH 16) and California Office of Emergency Service 1(800) OILS911

    • Report an oiled animal at Wildlife Care Network (OWCN)
      If you see an oiled animal, please do not touch or approach it! Instead, please report the animal(s) to the OWCN Response Hotline at 1-877-UCD-OWCN (823-6926).
  • Sewage Discharges

    • California office of Emergency Response (800) OILS911 (645-7911)
    • National Response Center (800) 424-8802.

Wildlife Emergency Reporting

  • Marine Wildlife Rescue

    • Humboldt County & Del Norte County
      North Coast Marine Mammal Center: 1(707) 465-6265

    • San Luis Obispo County through Mendocino County
      The Marine Mammal Center: 1(415) 289-7350

    • Santa Barbara County
      Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center: 1(805) 687-3255

    • Ventura County
      Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute: 1(805) 567-1505

    • Los Angeles County
      Fort MacArthur Marine Mammal Care Center: 1(310) 548-5677

    • Orange County
      Pacific Marine Mammal Center: 1(949) 494-3050

    • San Diego County
      SeaWorld: 1(800) 541-7325

    • Statewide Whale Rescue Team (Distressed whales and dolphins) (877) SOS-WHALES

    • California Turn in Poachers: 1(999) DFG-CALTIP (334-2258)

  • Reporting Dead Marine Mammals

    • Del Norte County through Mendocino County
      Humboldt State University Vertebrate Museum (whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions and sea turtles): 1(707) 826-4872

    • Sonoma County through San Mateo County
      California Academy of Sciences (whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions and sea turtles): 1(415) 379-5381

    • Santa Cruz County
      Long Marine Laboratory (whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions and sea turtles): 1(831) 459-2883

    • Monterey County
      Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions and sea turtles): 1(831) 755-8650

    • San Luis Obispo County through Santa Barbara County
      Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (whales, dolphins and sea turtles): 1(805) 682-4711 x-156

    • National Marine Fisheries Service (seals and sea lions): 1(562) 980-4017

    • Ventura County
      Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute (whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions and sea turtles) : 1(805)-567-1506

    • Los Angeles County through Orange County
      Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History (whales and dolphins): 1(323) 585-5105

    • National Marine Fisheries Service (seals, sea lions and sea turtles): 1(562) 980-4017

    • San Diego County
      Southwest Fisheries Science Center (whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions and sea turtles): (858) 546-7162

  • Reporting Sick or Dead Birds


Aquatic Invasive Species Sighting Reporting

  • Reporting Invasive Species in California:
    https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Invasives/report
    For questions about sightings of a known or potentially invasive animal (non-insect) or marine plant, please contact the Invasive Species Program at (866) 440-9530 or send an
    e-mail to invasives@wildlife.ca.gov

  • Reporting Aquatic Weeds in the Delta:
    For Water Hyacinth, Egeria densa, Curlyleaf pondweed, Eurasian watermilfoil, Fanwort and Water primrose sighting, please call the Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) at (888) 326-2822 or send an e-mail to ais@parks.ca.gov. Include in your message the address or nearest landmark of the sighting. If possible, take photographs of the plant.

  • 24 Hour Vessel Assistance (Fees Involved): 1(800) 367-8222